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Unconditional offers. How to discount your reputation.

Dec 12, 2018
The news from UCAS that over a third of students in England, Wales & Northern Ireland received an unconditional offer in the last cycle reminds us how many universities are scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Value for money in HE – denial is not an option

Nov 14, 2018
The recent report by the House of Commons Education Committee ‘Value for money in higher education’ offers vital insight into the prevailing winds in HE, and how the concept of value for money for students is going to shape universities over the coming years. So what is the report signalling, and what should universities be doing right now?

Part 2: One in 5 British Universities is slowly dying. These five steps might just save them.

Oct 05, 2018
Successful universities in the post-92 group have developed a strong sense of mission and identity. They realise that we are all living in a world which is very different to that of a decade ago. A world where at least in the short to medium term, supply exceeds demand. And a much more competitive world where only the fittest will survive.

Part 1: One in five British Universities is slowly dying. And it’s entirely reversible.

Sep 28, 2018
More than 20% of British Universities are slowly dying. They are post-92 institutions who have seen their recruitment numbers fall every year since 2011. And to read the Guardian and the Times Higher, you’d think this was due to factors beyond their control.

How to engage stakeholders and give your research the impact it deserves

Sep 03, 2018
Research can be a lonely pursuit, but to you, the researcher, your project is fascinating – why wouldn’t you want to sing its virtues and curiosities from the rooftops?

8 signs consultancy might be right for you

Aug 21, 2018
Considering a career in consultancy? Read on to find out more about the job and whether it's right for you.

How safe can we make our universities?

Aug 21, 2018
The university sector seems confused about what is meant by safeguarding, and how far universities should go to ‘take care’ of their students. The debate seems to be taking us beyond the letter of the law to make campuses as safe as possible for students who choose to invest their time, future life prospects and future debt with us.

Clearing. The Black Friday of British higher education?

Aug 14, 2018
‘Shopping around’ this coming weekend is fine if you’re in the market for a new phone or holiday. But it’s not good enough in a market which you’ve never experienced before, which is going to cost you £50,000 +, which is going to absorb three years of your life, and which it will take the rest of your working life to pay for.